As MindLab’s Deputy Director Kit Lykketoft pointed out in her recent blog, innovation, experimentation and alternative approaches are becoming ‘the new normal’. And this new normal is no longer exclusive to small groups of people sitting in comfortable conference rooms designing something for people in other places—it is rapidly becoming something for everybody everywhere. While… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development 2.0
Cognitive Edge and UNDP are launching a unique initiative to engage with new ways of working on difficult problems in complex and fast-changing situations. The programme will last six months and a limited number of participants are being invited from across a variety of NGO and government groups.
It’s been almost a year since we asked citizens in three pilot Ukrainian municipalities what they wanted to know about their city budgets. These results have now turned into tangible tools.
While it comes to climate change, getting citizens engaged in their communities is crucial. To tap into this natural pool of talent, UNDP in fYR Macedonia launched a nationwide campaign last December, inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change. We received over 130 ideas – and ten of… Read more »
Last year, at Moldova’s innovation lab, we decided to experiment with a new tool aimed at reforming education. Along with the Ministry of Education and participating citizens, we launched an online platform open challenge asking Moldovans a simple question:
The sustainable development goals have yet to be adopted; however, the first signs of changes in the way we work are already there. Here are five reflections on what we’ve learned so far in Moldova:
A good idea is like a coconut. We know that something refreshing, even energising, lies inside. Yet a coconut without tools to open it is, for all intents and purposes, quite useless. At a recent Social Innovation Camp in Dilijan, Armenia, we spent two and a half days cracking into four ideas using an array… Read more »
Meet Ded (Grandpa) Trofim. He lives in a small village in the middle of Belarus where he enjoys the slow, quiet life of the countryside. Here he grows vegetables and takes care of farm’s numerous inhabitants: brightly colored chickens, a friendly trio of geese, a cow named Zorka, and two potbellied pigs.
About 3,000 residents from five towns and villages of Armenia are now enrolled in the Micro-referendum Tool initiative. Micro-Referendum Tool allows local governments to run SMS-polls to better reach their constituents and engage them in community affairs. The tool provides citizens an opportunity to safely express their opinions via SMS. This is especially important for… Read more »
Less than a year ago I could have barely told you what “Open Data” meant. Today I’m helping to organize an open data for development training. As we get ready for the big event, which will take place in Istanbul next week, I’ve been reflecting on my own journey and what open data means to… Read more »